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Friday, June 17, 2016

Wyoming County: 3 separate Correctional Facility Drug Indictments

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, three separate indictments were unsealed regarding 3 separate investigations dealing with the introduction of drugs into the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica, New York.

People v. Robin and Jayme Frontuto – Wyoming Correctional

In this case it is alleged that on March 13, 2016, Robin Frontuto (the mother of inmate Jayme Frontuto) attempted to introduce cocaine and other drugs into the facility during a scheduled visit with her son.  During the investigation, she was found to allegedly be in possession of cocaine and 2 different kinds of hydrocodone. This attempt was allegedly precipitated by phone calls between the two defendants setting up the deal where Ms. Frontuto would bring the drugs to her inmate son during a scheduled visit. The DOCCS Office of Special Investigations uncovered these phone calls and then were able to confront Ms. Frontuto at the correctional facility where she was allegedly found to have the drugs in her vehicle. Ms. Frontuto was not able to bring the drugs into the facility on that date.

People v. Lonniqua Williams, Jammeelah Masaed, Otis Williams, Lionell Jones, and Jerry McLamore – Wyoming Correctional

In this case it is alleged that on May 7, 2016, 5 different people (3 inmates and 2 non-inmates) conspired to bring K-2 or synthetic drugs into the correctional facility.  The conspiracy was allegedly uncovered by reviewing phone calls between the parties by the DOCCS Office of Special Investigations unit (OSI).  This led them to confront Jammeelah Masaed and Lonniqua Williams inside the facility on May 7th after they were processed into the facility for their scheduled visits (Ms. Masaed was scheduled to visit her boyfriend and inmate Lionell Jones and Mrs. Williams was scheduled to visit her husband, Otis Williams, Jr.).  The investigation revealed the possession of over 80 grams of synthetic drugs.  These drugs are often referred to as synthetic marijuana however the effects of the drug are more akin to LSD, acid and other mind altering drugs making them a very dangerous drug, especially inside a correctional setting. 

People v. Nicole Mcauley (aka Nicole Brown), Dominique Washington, Brian Deale - Wyoming Correctional

In this case it is alleged that on April 24, 2016, 3 people (Inmate Brian Deale and non-inmates Mcauley and Washington) allegedly conspired to introduce 82 suboxone strips into the Wyoming Correctional Facility.  This conspiracy was also uncovered by OSI through surveillance of the prison phone calls between the parties.  It is also alleged that Ms. Mcauley has over 50 different inmates that contact her via phone numbers associated with her and her inmate husband Bernard Brown (he is not alleged to be involved with these charges).  On April 24, 2016, it is alleged that after Inmate Deale directed Mr. Washington to meet with Ms. Mcauley to get the 82 suboxone strips in New York City, Mr. Washington brought those drugs to the facility so that he could give them to an unindicted co-conspirator, inmate Calixto Pinckey.  Prior to meeting with Mr. Pinckney, Mr. Washington was stopped by members of OSI where the drugs were alleged recovered.
“These three cases highlight the out of control introduction of drugs into our state correctional facilities.  These cases also underscore that there is not just one type of drug being brought it.  The drug economy in our prisons is exploding and we need to do everything we can to stop the influx of drugs into our prisons.  Having these drugs inside our prison only increases the already dangerous job that our correctional officers face each and every day.  It is time for the system to get serious.  It is time for our facilities to have the most up to date scanners for processing visitors, more aggressive policies towards searches of visitors, more staff to watch and supervise these visits and better laws to hold the prisoner and their visitors accountable.

It is and will continue to be a long standing policy of my office to prosecute these kinds of crimes because it provides a real deterrence to whomever wants to commit a crime within the walls of the prison and it creates a safer and secure environment for the good men and women who serve within those walls”, said District Attorney Donald O’Geen.